Witnessed cruelty to animals? Right behavior

Have you witnessed cruelty to animals, possibly observed how a dog was mistreated on the street, the neighbour's cat increasingly neglected or animals not kept appropriately? Then you have to act. An ad is often the right step. If you look away at cruelty to animals, you are complicit - Shutterstock / Ksenia Raykova

When it comes to cruelty to animals, one thing is hip: civil courage. Anyone who looks away at cruelty to animals is complicit. It is important that you behave correctly when you observe how animals suffer.

The first steps when you observe cruelty to animals

Regardless of whether you see neglect, inappropriate behavior or direct abuse, such as the use of force, the first step should always be direct intervention. Talk to the pet owner personally about his misconduct and tell him as factually and kindly as possible what he thinks he could do better in animal husbandry. The pet owner may not know that his animals are suffering and is not angry.

Important: If you find that an animal is in acute danger to life or in cruel circumstances, such as dangerous keeping conditions or physical violence, call the police immediately on number 110 and preferably also the nearest veterinarian. Only intervene directly on site if you do not endanger your own well-being.

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File a complaint against cruelty to animals: Evidence is an advantage

You can report cruelty to animals to the Veterinary Office or directly to the police. Both authorities are obliged to comply with your notification. The best thing to do is to file a written notice and back it up with collected evidence - after all, courts ultimately need facts. The association "Animal Protection Without Borders" recommends documenting the grievance on his website through pictures or films. In addition, write down data such as names, addresses or car numbers of pet owners who torture one or more animals. Every proof helps the animals.

Witnesses are also important. Has a neighbor possibly observed someone torturing their dog in the house? Are there passers-by on the street who also noticed something? Get witnesses' addresses and phone numbers, and refer to them when they appear. Also advisable: Contact local animal welfare associations and associations if you have observed cruelty to animals. In most cases, these offer you important support in the fight for animal welfare. After submitting a report, you should stay on the ball and keep yourself informed about the case with the police or the animal welfare association, which may help, for safety reasons.